‘Free Comic Book’ day celebrated at Close Encounters in aid of local hospice

Young comic book fans were treated to free sketches at Close Encounters on Saturday, as part of Free Comic Book Day.

Bedford artists Tom Andrews and Jonny Padbury were on hand to give free drawings to youngsters, with their parents encouraged to make a donation to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.

Tom, who works at St Thomas More Catholic School, said: “I used to come to events like this when I was a kid, especially at Close Encounters. I remember seeing the artists drawing and wanting to do the same myself.

“It’s surreal being on the other side of the table, but I love drawing and seeing the children’s faces is even better.”

Jonny added: “I’ve been a customer here for years and they often call me to do free sketches for kids.

“I’ve always loved drawing, there are no boundaries, you can do pretty much whatever comes into your head and there are no boundaries of time or budget.”

Free Comic Bool Day takes place every year at comic shops across the UK.

This year’s choices featured titles for a range of ages, and included Doctor Who, Pokémon, The Boys, and an Avengers, X-Men and Eternals crossover story.

Close Encounters is Bedford’s comic book shop and is based in Allhallows.

by Ben Raza

 

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